american civil war

  1. Death Throes of a Peculiar Institution: A Southern Balkanization TL

    March 1st 1865 Lt. Micheal Bragg* let out a sigh as he sealed the letter home to his wife. Hopefully there won't be too many more and soon he would get to see her again. The war was over. The northern tyrant Lincoln defeated not on the battlefield but on the political field. It definitely hurt...
  2. WI: The Pico Act passes, California is split during the Civil War

    This is a scenario I would like to explore after watching Alternate History Hub's video on the subject. The summery is that before the American Civil war a bill to divide most of Southern California into the new "Territory of Colorado" almost passed but was ignored due to the secession crisis...
  3. General Edgar Allan Poe, which photo looks best?

    Here is some art I made inspired by the short AH story "No Spot of Ground" by Walter Jon Williams. The POD of which is that Edgar Allan Poe does not die as he did in OTL and goes on to be a Confederate general in the ACW. I'm thinking of making him a character in an ASB TL I've had planned for...
  4. Retiarius

    When was the best time to have the American Civil War?

    This might just be a piece of off-topic ban-bait induced by an unbalanced media diet of American history documentaries and The Good Place, but hear me out. When would be the ideal time to have the American Civil War, from the perspective of reducing human suffering? On the one hand; slavery...
  5. WI: East Tennessee becomes its own state during the ACW

    While Tennessee joined the Confederacy in 1861 (the last state to officially secede from the Union, in fact), the region of East Tennessee remained a hotbed of pro-Union sentiment and most of the counties in the region voted against secession. What if East Tennessee had managed to become its own...
  6. AHC: Britain intervenes in the ACW on the Union's side

    Your challenge is to have Great Britain become a military ally or at least co-belligerent of the Union during the American Civil War.
  7. सार्थक (Sārthākā)

    AHC: Create a Non-Neo Confederate Southern Secession Movement.

    Your challenge here in this thread is to plausibly create a non neo-confederate secession movement in the Southern United States of America after the end of the American Civil War. While i am well read on the ARW itself, both politically, diplomatically and militarily, i find my knowledge of the...
  8. Marklin

    How would you punish the rebel leadership after the American Civil War

    The Civil War is over, an entire portion of the country is in ruin, and reconstruction is underway. You have been given the job of assigning punishment to the leadership of the Confederate states of America, folks like Davis, Lee, Forrest, and so on. Compared to OTL, how would you handle to...
  9. Marklin

    Ranking the greatest generals in the American Civil War

    Seeing how it's a point of contention on the internet these days it seems, I was curious as to what you all would think about the topic. Specifically, on a scale of 1-10, how would you rank each general from both the Union and Confederacy in the American Civil War?
  10. WI Lee, Longstreet, Early, and Hill die in the Wilderness?

    I was reading a book about the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864, and it takes note of a particularly dangerous situation for the Confederate high command: Lee, alongside (if I remember correctly) Jubal Early and/or A.P. Hill ran into a Union platoon and almost got fired on. Much later in the...
  11. सार्थक (Sārthākā)

    To be In Dixie: A Graphic Timeline on the CSA
    Threadmarks: OP + Map.

    To Be in Dixie Welcome to the World of 'To be in Dixie', a timeline that is meant to attack on the overly troped 'extremely successful CSA' or 'excessively idiotic and stupid CSA' cliches. This will try to show what would be an organic and proper development of a country, that has won its...
  12. Crazymachines

    Plausibility of "more conventional" Civil War

    How plausible is it to have the american civil war be a more conventional one, that is, one between rival governments, instead of between the government and seccessionists?
  13. the Imperium of Canada

    WI: Lincoln or who's ever in his place actually has dictatorial ambitions

    So President Lincoln is known to have taken some temporary authoritarian measures like suspending habeas corpus during the American Civil War but despite what some neo-confederates might say, he obviously never had any dictatorial ambitions and he wasn't a tyrant in the making. So suppose...
  14. Cinco de Mayo & the Confederacy

    On May 5, 1862, General Zaragoza's Mexican Army defeated a much larger and better equipped French Army at the Battle of Puebla. It was considered to be a defining moment for Mexican identity and nationality, and crucial in determining the outcome of the Franco-Mexican war. In his classic...
  15. Crazymachines

    AHC: have the civil war be caused by two rival president elects

    With a PoD no more than 4 years before the election of 1860, have the civil war be caused by two competing claims to the president elect. it's up to you whether this dispute is caused by unclear wins in several states, tampered ballots, a tie in the electoral college, or something else...
  16. pattontank12

    Timeline Planning: World of futures past
    Threadmarks: Introduction

    So what is this?: Well like the title suggests this is initial planning faze for a timeline I've had in the back of my head for nearly a year now. What's it about?: The main theme is about alternate technological development and how the earlier development of certain technologies would effect...
  17. Eparkhos

    Sibley's Great Raid *Somehow* Works

    Alright, so the bone of this postulation is extremely unlikely, so much so that divine intervention isn't entirely out of the question. However, for the sake of the discussion, let's say that plausibility is somehow waived and everything that could go right does go right, but no actual Alien...
  18. What if, in Southern Victory, the USA didn't end the Great War until all of the Confederacy and Canada were occupied?

    What would have happened during and after WW1 if Teddy Roosevelt refused the CSA's peace proposals, and didn't stop the war until all of the CSA and Canada were occupied and annexed?
  19. If Shiloh was lost, what are the likely results and changes to the Civil War?

    I had a conversation with some guy on Youtube about it. Any thoughts?
  20. Fremontian Fracas: An Earlier American Civil War

    Let's say Fremont wins in 1856, and the South secedes shortly thereafter due to fear of Fremont taking action against slavery. Earlier American Civil War. What changes in this earlier American Civil War? Does the end result stay the same? Any generals that are more or less prominent?